In this podcast, Decibel member Lindsay Vickery talks to Bergrún about pandemic life and her work for Decibel.
Bergrun Snæbjörnsdóttir hails from the peripheries of Iceland, and no wlives between Brooklyn and Reykjavik. Her “elemental style” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker) has been performed widely and by groups such as the Oslo Philharmonic (NO), Iceland Symphony Orchestra (IS), International Contemporary Ensemble ICE (US), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI) and Nordic Affect (IS), while featured in festivals and events such as Tectonics (Glasgow, Reykjavík, Athens, Oslo), Nordic Music Days (London, Bodø, Reykjavík), Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart (New York), Only Connect (Oslo), Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam), SPOR (Aarhus), Cycle (Kópavogur), Ultima (Oslo), Dark Music Days (Reykjavík) , Sigur Rós’s Norður og Niður (Reykjavík), Klang (Copenhagen) and more.
As a performer she has a diverse background, having in the past toured extensively and recorded with acts like Sigur Rós and Björk, as well as being a performer of experimental music in various constellations. She is also a member of composers’ collective S.L.Á.T.U.R. (Artistically Obtrusive Composers Around Reykjavík). Bergrún holds a master’s degree (2017) in composition from Mills College as as well having completed bachelor’s degrees in new media composition and horn from the Iceland University of the Arts.
Bergrún’s piece ‘2 Viti’ was part of the Anime concert program at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in September 2015.